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Heyy Babyy
 
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala (Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment)
Director: Sajid Khan
Starring: Ritesh Deshmukh, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, and Boman Irani
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Sameer and Anvita Dutt Guptan
Singers: Neeraj Sridhar, Raman, Pervez Quadri, Loy Mendoca, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Salim Shahzada, Rehan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid Khan, Akbar Sami, Girl Band and Shaan
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 9
Album Released on: 24 July 2007
Reviewed by: Gianysh Toolsee  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
 
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Hate intensity in music? Looking for a thrilling, catchy and strangely unusual music - then the soundtrack of ‘Heyy Babyy’ perhaps illustrates some of these characteristics. If Sajid Khan is synonymous with hardcore humor, expect Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to follow suit and adopt the same style. Sameer seems quite hesitant to join in the bandwagon but one feels that he also makes a big jump in new territories of non-suffocating but all extremely funky music.

With a title like ‘Heyy Babby’, don’t become sophisticated in tastes, genres and choruses! And never forget that it’s Sajid Khan first baby, which is backed by Sajid Nadiadwala – so expect a good delivery in safe hands.

No, they are not crazy by starting tracks with detailed vowels’ choruses chanting ‘Ooo’ and ‘Aaa’ in repeated modes until some funky beats melt with the electro-techno and hip-pop genres. A cocktail of all sorts – with the fast-paced background music, the multiple choruses screaming ‘Hey, Baby, Baby Baby I Need You!’ and some crazy voices heard from nowhere. If one is addicted to consistency and methodology in music, then don’t go into deep analysis of this one.

The beauty of this weirdly addictive title track is the mixture of techno sounds, totally ‘out-of-their minds’ choruses, bits and pieces of unknown languages recited by the chorus and the impact of the singers (Loy Mendonca, Neeraj Sridhar, Pervez Quadir and Raman) rendition. An improvisational feel is felt throughout the track. The chunky and happening beat in the background mixed with the synthesizer sounds add to the ambience! A smashing song!


Now girls just want to have fun and Aussie Girl Band comes to party more! ‘Heyy Babby (Featuring Girl Band) is a pop number remixed by Akbar Sami. One can’t stop these girls from singing! Excited, energized and ecstatic, the foursome delivers a smashing performance, all thanks to Sajid Khan! Technically, the song can easily be released on Australian radio stations as the mastering is good. The track also puts their sexy vocals on top of a great electro beat. The lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan are in synch with the tune.

(Additional Details: Girl Band do sound very much like ‘Bardot’ - another foursome band from Australia, who broke up in 2002 after delivering hit singles like ‘ASAP’ and ‘I Need Somebody’)

(Girl Band: Renee Armstrong, Patrice Tipoki, Renee Borgh and Jessica Smith. Artists Courtesy from Sony-BMG)

The stunning thing about the remix of Heyy Babby (The Big 'O' Remix) is its distinct sounds and treatment! Prolific DJs? The propulsive rhythm is extended in all segments of the track; creating a dashing and sensational sound. Additional female voices (in different tones) are heard and the precious and crazy choruses are not deleted! Sounds and sample music from the hit tracks like ‘Pump Up the Jam’ and ‘Get Up’ from the late 80’s popular band ‘Technotronic’ can be heard in the background. DJ Whosane is quite cunning after all! An eclectic remix all the way!


The fun continues with ‘Mast Kalandar’. Left on its own, the track doesn’t have a strong standing value due to the mish-mash of sounds, voices and arrangements. On repeated listening, it appears that the track is simply another polished version of ‘Jaane Ke Jaane Na’ from Jaan-E-Mann. One wonders why the lines ‘Mast Kalandar’ are repeated so many times! ‘Dil Ka Mamla’ could easily have been another possible title. Salim Shahzada, Rehan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Sajid Khan are all effective in their singing. All the minuses of this track are simply camouflaged by the special appearance of Shah Rukh Khan!

The trio didn’t worry much about ‘Jaane Bhi De’ and it shows as the track is too weak to be analyzed. Too light in comparison to the title track, it’s almost incomprehensible to decipher as the composition is somehow way too much funky and too ordinary. The approach in composing the basic tune is understood but the final product is really weird. Sameer’s over-simplistic lyrics need to be highlighted for discussion. Overall, Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonca try their best in the singing department to make it quite entertaining.

‘Jaane Bhi De - Hiphop Hiccup Remix’ is clearly a hiccup remix! DJ Whosane misses the target this time.

Rich in emotions, ‘Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re’ is arguably one of the best composed songs coming from these three rocking dudes. What makes the song really tick is its delightful chorus - which contains a certain charm to it. The opening music sequence is also very pleasing – one can feel that warmth and affection of a baby by the playing of the chimes. No doubt that Sameer has written some touching lyrics. Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan’s voices display the love they have for the baby and they render each line with such sincerity. A nice little tune emerges amid the regular sounds of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – a simple and tender track to cherish.

(Additional Details: One of the rare songs where three very talented singers, who have made a name for themselves, contribute together)

Something is definitely missing in ‘Dholna’ – as one cannot explain how Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal sound so ordinary in this track. Though a plethora of music instruments e.g. harmonium and tabla, have been used, the track doesn’t really go anywhere near the much-better composed tracks like ‘Bol Na Halke Halke’ from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom from the stable of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Picturised on Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, the track relies solely on its choreography to sustain itself as it sounds too routine. It also shares striking resemblances to some portions of the ‘masti’ tracks of Salaam-E-Ishq, especially in the middle parts.

‘Dholna – Love Is In The Air Remix’ by DJ Whosane is much different from the regular ‘high-on-beats’ remixes or DJ Akbar Sami’s remixes. The placement of the beats is very appropriate and it keeps the right flow of the song, without affecting the romantic mood.

The choice of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was done by Sajid Khan who feels (as he stated in an interview) that these three guys are the most original composers around. Agreed that originality is important but versatility, while being equally original is another decisive factor in churning out a solid release.

The album resounds with life – a strong feeling of positive vibes, emotions, love, friendship and sometimes the desire to flirt. Though common, Sameer’s lyrics fit the bill. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has been very adventurous in areas like the chorus – which has been aptly and continuously used in the movie although the background music is composed by Salim-Sulaiman. Predictable tracks in terms of music and arrangements include ‘Mast Kalandar’ and ‘Dholna’.

However, the trio impresses with the techno savvy arrangements and delivers for a Sajid Nadiadwala production. This in no way means that Shankar-Eshaan-Loy has matched Anu Malik’s superlative work in Jaan-E-Maan – which is considered one of the best soundtracks coming from Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. The minor stumbles would have to be the missing emotional and affectionate love song and also the lack of better electrifying remixes. The soundtrack of ‘Heyy Babyy’ offers no shortage of fun – grab one if you are looking for 100% fun!

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